Arkiv | januari 2017

If we sin, we have an advocate in Jesus so we are constantly forgiven? – 1 John 2:1

1 john 2.jpgMy little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1)

”Advocate” is a translation from the Greek noun Παράκλητον (Strong’s 3875), and apart from the above verse we can find this word also in John 14:15; 26, John 15:26 and John 16:7, with the meaning of either Comforter or Helper – which the holy Spirit is often called.

John writes his letter to advise the recipients to avoid sinning (among other things), suggesting that they can avoid it (which also Titus 2:11-12 confirms). Unfortunately it is quite common that Christians with the reformed theology view understand this verse to mean that we really should not sin but if we do sin we still have no reason to worry because we always have an advocate in Jesus Christ who always forgives his elect no matter what they do.

That would be another way of saying that we have a license to sin, which of course the Bible does not teach. Just like in a secular court it is not certain that we will get an acquittal just because we have a defense attorney, or perhaps we should compare it with the idea that we will not even get a defense attorney unless we meet certain requirements (such as requesting one in the first place, and avoid making further crimes in the meantime). We will not be forgiven unless we REPENT. We will never be forgiven in the midst of our sins or if we have no intention of leaving the old man behind and live a new kind of life. For those who are in Christ (those who believe in him, follow him and obey him) can rest assured they have an advocate in Jesus Christ and that their past sins are forgiven. Their future sins are certainly not forgiven (that would be a license to sin) but they do not need to take an oath to never ever sin again.

1 John 2: 1-2 Being a propitiation for the sins of the whole world

Two verses after 1 John 2:1 (1 John 2:3) we can read how we can know that we know Jesus Christ. The answer is: ”if we keep his commandments”. If anyone claims to know him and does not keep his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him. This is not legalism but the word of God. The teaching that we can successfully be faithful to God should never be labelled as legalism and something ugly. V. 5 mentions people who do keep his word, which means they truly exist and are not mere fantasies. We should walk as Jesus walked (v. 6), rather than hiding behind Jesus and pretend that our Father does not see our sins. We cannot fool God. The darkness should be in our past once the light has come into our life.

When reading 1 John 1-2 we can see that Jesus is the propitiation (an ”offer”) not only for a select group of people (like ”the elect), but he is the propitiation for the whole world. To be an offer for the sins of the whole world does not mean that the sins of the whole world will automatically be forgiven and forgotten (like the very minute that Jesus died on the cross). Just like in the old testament, during the animal sacrifice system, it was a requirement for the Israelites to confess their sins and repent for them while the priest offered up animals as a propitiation for their sins. Merely killing animals on an altar will not remove any sins – unless people also repent and understand the meaning of this process. We all have the opportunity to get all our sins erased, even the sins of the most vicious criminals, so it is a universal offer – albeit tied to conditions.

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.3 And HEREBY WE DO KNOW THAT WE KNOW HIM, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.– 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 14 — I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. —17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDETH FOR EVER. —24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that EVERY ONE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS is born of him.

1 John 1:8 – the famous ”sin verse”

In the previous chapter (1 John 1) we find the famous 1 John 1:8, so commonly quoted by those who would like to normalize sins also among Christians, but 1 John 1:6 and 1:9 are sadly not quoted just as often. The whole context is important: We have all sinned. IF we confess our sins and start walking in the light (notice the conditions) Jesus Christ will cleanse us from our sins and we will be forgiven. 

1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Rom. 8:26 and Rom. 8:27 – intercessionrom. 8.jpg

Also Rom. 8:26 and 27 are often used as an attempt to support the idea that we can be saved in our sins, but such promise cannot be found there either. The holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Jesus and who have repented for their sins, and the focus of Rom. 8:26 is the content of our prayers and the holy Spirit as our Helper. Note that there are two different Greek words for ”make intercession” in Rom. 26 and 27.

Rom. 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

”Maketh intercession” above is a translation from the Greek verb συναντιλαμβάνομαι (Strong’s 4878) with the meaning of lend a hand along with, assist jointly to perform some task, cooperate with, help, etc. Apart from the above verse you will only find this word in Luke 10:40 (Martha’s desire to get cooperation from her sister when it comes to serving).

Rom. 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

”Makes intercession” above is a translation from the Greek verb ἐντυγχάνω (Strong’s 1793), and apart from the above two verses you can find this word also in Acts 25:24, Rom. 11:2 and Hebrews 7:25 – with the meaning of making a petition for something. Does Christ do this only when it comes to the saints? Well, yes, since the saints are those who have chosen to follow Christ and repented for their sins.

Read what else Rom. 8 says below. There is life to get IF we walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit (those who live this way are in Jesus Christ). Otherwise we must expect death, and that warning goes for Christians as well. We have a great Helper to accomplish this, and thankfully we get more than one chance to do what we successfully can be doing.

Rom. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.—4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his..13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God

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Är människan OND eller GOD? Hur påverkade Syndafallet oss?

eccl-7Människan är inte född som ”vredens barn”

Vi kan läsa om ”vredens barn” i Ef. 2 (läs artikel här), men för att kunna kvalificeras som vredens barn krävs att vi har förmåga göra uppror mot Gud och att kunna synda med våra kroppar. En sådan kapacitet har inte små barn.

Människorna är snarare skapade som Guds avbild och har förmåga att lyda Gud eller göra motsatsen. Människorna är skapade rättsinniga och barn anses vara oskyldiga eftersom synd är att frivilligt gå emot Guds vilja

Pred. 7:30 Se, endast detta har jag funnit att Gud skapade människorna rättsinniga.
Men SEDAN har de tänkt ut många onda planer.

Sakarja 12:1 En profetia, Herrens ord om Israel. Så säger Herren, han som har utspänt himlen och lagt jordens grund och som har format människans ande i henne

Jesaja 44: 24 Så säger Herren, din återlösare, han som format dig alltifrån moderlivet: Jag, Herren, är den som har gjort allt,den som ensam har spänt ut himlenoch brett ut jorden. Vem var med mig?

Jesaja 42:5 Så säger Gud, Herren, han som har skapat himlen och spänt ut den,
han som har utbrett jorden med allt som växer där, han som har givit liv åt folket som bor där och ande åt dem som vandrar på den.

Rom 9:11 Innan barnen ännu var födda och innan de hade gjort vare sig gott eller ont

Hes. 18:20 Den som syndar skall dö. En son skall inte bära sin fars missgärning, och en far skall inte bära sin sons missgärning. Den rättfärdiges rättfärdighet skall vara hans egen, och den ogudaktiges ogudaktighet skall vara hans egen.

5 Mos 24:16 Föräldrar skall inte dödas för sina barns skull, och barn skall inte dödas för sina föräldrars skull. Var och en skall lida döden genom sin egen synd.

Skulle synd kunna drabba barn och barnbarn i flera generationer? Läs här.

Syndarvet finns inte i Bibeln eller som en lära hos de första kyrkofäderna

De flesta obibliska läror kan härledas ända tillbaka till Augustinus, och det gäller även läran om arvsynden även om den fanns tidigare som en gnostisk idé (och Augustinus var en före detta gnostiker). Psalm 51:7-8 om kung Davids mamma används ganska ofta som försök att bevisa att människorna är födda i synd, och framför allt Rom. 5:12 trots att versen förmedlar att det är DÖD (inte synd) som kom över alla människor EFTERSOM alla hade syndat (och alla” kan utvecklas vidare eftersom det finns gott om verser i Bibeln med detta allomfattande ord trots att det som beskrivits omöjligen kan gälla alla människor och framför allt inte barn).

Rom. 5:12 Därför är det så: Genom en enda människa kom synden in i världen och genom synden döden, och så kom döden över alla människor, EFTERSOM alla hade syndat.

Synd är ingenting som går att ärva. Synda är någonting vi gör och ingenting som finns i vårt DNA.

1 John 3:4 Var och en som gör synd bryter också mot lagen, ty synd är brott mot lagen.

Om synd är när vi bryter mot Guds ord (brott mot lagen) så kan det inte stämma att vi syndar första gången vi får skelett och kött (när vi blir befruktade, såvida man inte tror att vi syndar först vid själva födseln). Hur kan det vara brott mot Guds lag att överhuvudtaget finnas till? Det är knappast vårt eget fel att våra föräldrar skaffade barn, och som vi vet var Jesus Kristus född till jorden med kött precis som vi. Han föddes av jungfru Maria för att vara ett mirakulöst tecken (och för att kunna födas av en mamma precis som vi andra) och inte för att undkomma ett slags syndigt DNA. Jesus ärvde gener även efter sin mamma, så det hade ändå inte hjälpt att försöka kringgå syndiga gener genom att utesluta en människofader. Det var inte därför som Josef vare ute ur bilden – utan för att Jesus är Guds son och inte Josefs riktiga son. Synda är något man gör och ingenting man kan studera i någons DNA genom mikroskop.

Jesaja 7:14 Därför skall Herren själv ge er ett tecken: Se, jungfrun skall bli havande och föda en son och hon skall ge honom namnet Immanuel.

Om vi syndar för att vi har en syndfull natur, varför syndade Adam och Eva?

Många skyller sin synd på den syndiga naturen, men någon sådan ursäkt finns inte. Adams synd påverkade oss stort eftersom vi inte kan nå Livets träd pga honom (han kastades ut ur Eden), och alltså dör vi fysiskt pga honom. Att dö rent fysiskt är inte tecken på skuld, för varje dag aborteras oskyldiga bebisar och även vår frälsare Jesus Kristus dog på korset även om han sedan återuppstod. Vi kan även vara tacksamma att vi kommer att dö fysiskt bort från denna värld, såsom den blivit, för att sedan få nya kroppar och kunna träda in i det permanenta Guds rike.

Om människorna inte skulle ha förmåga att helt lyda Gud, och om Gud var fullt medveten om detta, ja då vore han orättfärdig om han ändå begärde det omöjliga ifrån oss. Då vore lagen för svår eller våra kroppar för svaga – eller också båda – och ingendera vore vårt eget fel. Jag tror vi är skapta med möjligheten att fortsätta att vara ”som små barn” som hör himmelriket till. Vi är skyldiga överträdare just därför att vi hade kapaciteten att leva troget men ändå valde att synda. Varför behövde Jesus dö? För att vi syndat. Inte för att en förfader syndade och smittade oss.

Jesus hade inga fördelar över oss

Jesus frestades i allt liksom vi  så alltså är det ingen synd att frestas, såvida man inte med flit placerar sig i frestande situationer. Om människor haft en syndfull natur som en stor börda redan från starten och inte vår frälsare Jesus Kristus, ja då hade Jesus haft stora fördelar över oss när han lyckades leva syndfritt. I själva verket hade Jesus precis likadant kött som oss och kom inte lindrigare undan på något vis. Ingen av oss är född i synd. Alla har kapacitet att leva syndfritt som Jesus, men Jesus var den ende som faktiskt levde det syndfria livet.

Hebr. 4:15 Ty vi har inte en överstepräst som ej kan ha medlidande med våra svagheter, utan en som blev frestad i allt liksom vi, men utan synd.

Hebr. 2:18 Eftersom han själv har lidit och blivit frestad, kan han hjälpa dem som frestas.

Bibeln lär oss att det inte finns någon ursäkt för vår synd, men om vi är födda med en syndig natur så skulle vi haft den ultimata ursäkten. När Gud frågar oss varför vi syndat skulle vi kunna svara:

”För att vi är födda med en syndfull natur naturligtvis. En syndfull natur som påtvingats oss och som vi aldrig bett att få. En syndfull natur som din son slapp undan men som vi andra var tvungna att bära – trots att denna syndfulla natur så orättvist gjort oss till skyldiga förbrytare redan när vi föddes till världen”.

Men någon sådan ursäkt har vi alltså inte. Ingen är född i synd och ingen har påtvingats någon syndfull natur. Gud är vidare fullständigt rättvis när han dömer oss, och han skulle aldrig utsätta oss för ett sådant motstånd för att sedan använda det emot oss. I stället kan vi se gång på gång både i det gamla och det nya testamentet att Gud faktiskt förväntar sig att vi ska lyda honom fullt ut, vilket visar att vi också har den kapaciteten.

Vad är synd?grace 5

För att kunna synda behöver vi både hjärna och hjärta, som båda måste vara väl utvecklade. Ett litet barn verkar därför inte ha förmåga att synda, och definitivt inte en liten nyfödd bebis eller en människa som just startat sitt liv genom en befruktelse. Vi kan vidare läsa att man ”av naturen” kan göra det som lagen innehåller. Om det som orenar oss ursprungligen kommer från hjärtat, så måste vi först ha ett hjärta innan vi kan välja att orena oss.

Matt 15:18 Men det som går ut ur munnen, kommer från hjärtat, och det orenar människan. 19.Ty från hjärtat utgår onda tankar, mord, hor, otukt, stöld, falskt vittnesbörd, hädelse.

Jakob 1:14 Utan var och en frestas, när han dras och lockas av sitt eget begär. 15. Därefter, sedan begäret har blivit havande, föder det synd och då synden är fullbordad, föder den död.

Jesaja 7:16 Ty innan pojken förstår att förkasta det onda och välja det goda, skall det land för vars båda kungar du ängslas vara övergivet.

Rom 2:13 Ty de, som hör lagen, är inte rättfärdiga inför Gud, utan de som GÖR lagen, de skall bli rättfärdiggjorda. 14. Ty då hedningarna, som inte har lagen, AV NATUREN GÖR DET LAGEN INNEHÅLLER, så är dessa, fastän de inte har lagen, sig själva en lag. 15. De visar sålunda, att lagens verk är skrivet i deras hjärtan, och därom bär deras samvete dessutom vittnesbörd, också deras tankar, som inbördes anklagar eller också försvarar dem, 16. på den dagen, när Gud skall döma över människornas hemligheter, genom Jesus Kristus, enligt mitt evangelium. 

Gud vill inte att någon ska gå förlorad och erbjuder frälsning till ALLA genom hans NÅD (och inte för att vi förtjänat det). Men alla blir inte frälsta trots att Gud sträcker ut sin hand och erbjuder förlåtelse. Kravet är att vi tror på honom samt omvänder oss från våra synder och börjar leva rättfärdiga liv med hjälp av den Hjälpare som vi fått i form av den helige Ande (del av treenigheten).

The holy Spirit is given after faith and repentance – not before

acts-10Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38)

Some Calvinist friends are of the opinion that God is the one selecting whom to save and provides the holy Spirit to the chosen individuals – and in this fashion enables them to believe (while he shows no courtesy to the others who are chosen to be non-elect before they are even born). The Bible, however, teaches that God does not want anyone to perish and that the holy Spirit is given to a person after he/she has repented (after having come to Christ and confessed his/her sins). You can read my article about regeneration (being born again after having been cleansed from sins) here.

Based on the Bible we can deduce that the presence of the holy Spirit (the holy Ghost) operates in different ways between the old and the new testaments (this deserves an article of its own). Suffice is to say that one could of course be saved also during the time of the old testament, before the time of Jesus Christ who later died, was resurrected and provided the holy Ghost as our individual Helper. Before his time, there was a lot of focus on the prophets of God who could provide extra light on the Torah. Faith leading to righteousness has always been required for salvation ever since the time of Adam.

2 Pet. 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:.13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Cornelius – faith and righteousness before the indwelling of the holy Spirit

The apostle Peter describes the truth about salvation ”in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him”. The ability to do this was available both in the old and the new testament, even if the holy Spirit operates in a different way today compared to the old times. One difference is that people did not speak in tongues in the old times, and miracles and healing were primarily connected to the prophets and holy men of God.

The story about Cornelius (Acts 10) is enough for us to understand that a person can believe in God, do many good works – before having been baptized in the holy Spirit.

Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.—22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.—33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.—44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Here is more evidence that faith precedes the indwelling of the holy Ghost:

Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, WHICH THEY THAT BELIEVE ON HIM SHOULD RECEIVE: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Heb. 11 he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently SEEK him.

Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us. —30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness and pray God if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee

2 Tim 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.21 IF a man therefore purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded

Jeremiah 4:14 Wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved

Ezekiel 18:31 Make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die… 

Rev. 2:21 And I gave her SPACE TO REPENT of her fornication and she repented not. 22 Behold I will cast her into a bed and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation except they repent of their DEEDS

Notice below that the order of events is 1) enlightenment to every man who comes into John 1.jpgthe world, 2) reception and belief in Jesus Christ, 3) resulting in becoming the sons of God (thanks to being cleansed and pardoned):

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name

Notice also that ”his own” did not receive him. If that would signify the chosen elect, it is strange why God did not enable them (predestine them) to believe in him. It rather seems like it is our own responsibility – to react on God’s calling. This is not the same as ”saving ourselves” without God. We do not have the authority to forgive ourselves for our own sins, and we cannot be born again without the grace of God and unless he provides the opportunity for us to have all of our sins erased.

Folkets Hus Gällivare – och deras val att diskriminera oliktänkande

asiktskorridorDen trånga åsiktskorridoren som finns i Sverige men inte i våra grannländer

I dagarna har vi återigen fått se exempel på hur ett av Sveriges demokratiskt valda politiska partier (och dess anhängare) diskrimineras – när Folkets Hus, Gällivare valde att avboka en lokal som bokats i god tid av Sverigedemokraterna. SD har verkligen utsetts av många som ett legitimt mobboffer som det är fritt fram att ljuga om och diskiminera – eftersom det kan katalogiseras i ”det goda hatet”. Det finns många exempel på hur hur Sverigedemokrater förvägras att boka lokaler, restauranger och även julbord, samt hur de förlorar arbeten, platser inom fackförbund, etc. Folkets Hus sällar sig till dessa mobbare och därmed emot en rättvis behandling av folket. Enligt många undersökningar så skulle ca 22-26% rösta på SD om det var val idag, så detta innebär att ungefär så många människor rimligtvis måste anses ha ett lägre värde ur Folkets Hus Gällivares synvinkel än övriga människor.

Den största synden hos Folkets Hus Gällivare är förstås att de tillskriver medmänniskor åsikter som de inte har, och sedan använder denna halmgubbe emot dem när de rättfärdigar sitt beslut att diskriminera dem. Jag frågar mig om de själva skulle vilja bli behandlade på det sättet? Att bli dömda pga åsikter man inte har? Har ni barn, ni som beslutat om att diskriminering är bra? Lär ni era barn att tysta ner, förolämpa och diskriminera i stället för att samtala med varandra om sakfrågor? Lär ni era barn:

”Om ni hatar en skolkamrat (kanske för att han har läskigt höga betyg el dyl) så ska ni anklaga honom för grova saker och gärna gå till andra som delar ert hat för att hämta anklagelser mot honom. Gå för all del i världen inte till kamraten själv för att låta honom försvara sig och ge sin syn på saken utan ta hans fienders anklagande ord som sanning. Om skolkamraten säger att han INTE har de åsikter som ni bestämt att han har, så tro honom inte! Han ljuger säkert! Hans fiender vet förstås bättre än honom vad hans åsikter är. Bry er heller inte om att bevisa era påståenden och generaliseringar om kamraten, utan nöj er med exemplen från hans fiender. Att det finns hur många exempel som helst på övertramp hos hans fiender är helt i sin ordning, för det viktiga är att ANVÄNDA OLIKA VÅGAR NÄR MAN DÖMER. Det är inte så noga att en anklagad ska få försvara sig, om man på förväg bestämt att han har ett lägre människovärde och därmed inte är värd ett rättvist försvar”. 

Jag skulle vilja rekommendera Folkets Hus i Gällivare att justera sin värdegrund och börja behandla människor lika. Hur kan ni som så tydligt inte respekterar människors lika värde få administrera bokningar för Folkets Hus?

Det finns en Facebookgrupp som heter ”Sverigedemokrater mot rasism och främlingsfientlighet”. Men låt mig gissa, Folkets Hus har bestämt att SD ändå främjar främlingsfientlighet, rasism och nazism? Vidare har de bestämt att det räcker med att bestämma detta över SD:s huvud för att det ska vara en sanning – möjligen med kombination av att leta fram exempel från SD:s motståndare, samt genom att ignorera skandaler inom sjuklövern?

Olika vågar. Dubbelprat. Mobbning. Diskriminering. Behandla människor olika. Hyckleriet låter:

”SD kan man inte rösta på för det finns exempel på skandaler inom partiet. Det finns även exempel på skandaler inom sjuklövern, men det är en helt annan sak och partier inom sjuklövern kan man självklart rösta på”.

Man hör ideligen svamlet att SD skulle ha startat som ett nazistiskt parti, men dels är det osanning (för i själva verket handlar det om ett fåtal medlemmar som haft mörka rasistiska kopplingar), och dels kan vi bara påminna om Rasbiologi! Det rasbiologiska institutet som var aktivt till slutet av femtiotalet! SD har inte varit i närheten av sådana övertramp som det rasbiologiska institutet stått för, och då ska vi komma ihåg att vi inte kan skylla på enstaka udda politiker eftersom beslutet och uppdraget kom från den högsta politiska ledningen!

Uppgiften för institutet var att undervisa i rasbiologi och ”att idka vetenskaplig forskning på rasbiologiens område med särskild hänsyn till svenska folket och till förhållandena inom Sverige”. 1921 fattade riksdagen utan omröstning beslut att upprätta institutet med ett starkt politiskt stöd (kanske däremot inte folkligt stöd) både från socialdemokrater, högern och liberalerna. Institutet fanns kvar ända till 1958 och man blir mörkrädd när man läser om vilka åsikter och övertramp som gjorts i detta instituts namn. 

Om detta är preskriberat trots att dessa gruvligheter höll på så länge med stöd från högsta ort, varför visas inte samma generositet mot SD och deras historia som inte varit i närheten av sådana rasistiska hemskheter? Jag glömde! Pga OLIKA VÅGAR. OLIKA MÄNNISKOVÄRDEN. Vissa får man mobba och diskriminera bara man först tillskrivit människor och grupper horribla åsikter de inte har. Spelar ingen roll om människorna har dessa åsikter eller inte. Bestämt är bestämt, och generaliseringar är ok om man vinner på det? Rasister förnekar säkert att de är rasister så om SD förnekar att de är rasister så betyder det ändå ingenting?

Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t i mobbar-Sverige där Allas lika värde bara är en tom klyscha som smidigt kan användas emot folk man inte gillar. Tänk DDR.

Men visst är det bra att Folkets Hus visar sitt rätta ansikte, och att SD:s medlemsantal ökar för varje diskrimineringsfall de råkar ut för.

En annan som visat sin odemokratiska och fördomsfulla sida är AnneChatrin Brandén som är skolchef på Sameskolstyrelsen. Även hon rättfärdigar sitt beslut att inte ta emot en grupp sverigedemokrater på sameskolan med att dra upp det bekväma rasist- och främlingsfientligkortet. Det funkar alltid när man vill behandla människor olika.

Christianity in Sweden and the fear of Christian Sweden Democrats (SD)

nazi-2Naive Swedes who live in a pretend world

Criminals are dangerous, but so are people who are way too naive for their own good and live in a pretend world. The small Christian community in secular Sweden needs a lot of prayers these days. Churches in Sweden are more or less victims of political correctness and you will even see ”the Swedish state church” making a 2016 Christmas call for us all to get back to the generous immigration laws which applied 2015 and earlier (when Sweden was overwhelmed by about 165,000 asylum seekers – even more than the record numbers previous years). Never mind if we have the means to accommodate that large amount of people or not. When it comes to the serious reality it is not ”the heart that counts”, because God never told us to jump off a cliff and count on him to save us from the problems that we ourselves have caused. The Bible even advises us to not place ourselves in debt if we can avoid it because then we are not really free. A good advice for a household as well as for a whole country, is to not live beyond our means. If we have to borrow money in order to afford our new inhabitants, and raise the world’s highest taxes to an even higher level, then something is wrong. This has nothing to do with skin color.

We will not be able to help anyone if the whole country go bankrupt, and of course it does not make sense to decrease our financial aid to the third world (where people are in desperate need of help and have no chance to collect enough money to pay smugglers who can assist them in getting to Sweden) in order to spend the money mostly on young men who seek asylum in Sweden for economical reasons. We must face the fact that we cannot be a welfare contributor to the entire world and its needs. So far we have pretended as though we can, but what we get in return is a country collapsing under its own burden – and the deterioration is getting increasingly worse. It is truly dangerous to go out at nights in many areas in Sweden, and Malmö might already be a lost city due to the crime statistics and the large amount of people living on welfare (the most common name for newly born boys in Malmö is Mohammed, and Arabic is now the second most common language in Sweden before Finnish.)

We should not blame immigrants for wanting to come to Sweden since we promise milk and honey for them and their families for as long as they live (particularly if they are minors which they are therefore encouraged to be). It is our politicians we should blame – those who have decided to ruin our country by promising more stuff than we can deliver.

We hardly have any national defense left (hence the interest to join NATO and promote globalism), people are fleeing from service jobs in hospitals, schools, the police force, etc due to the heavy work loads and in some cases also a hostile environment. More and more public areas must be protected by guards, like shopping malls, libraries and indoor swimming pools. Every single week you will read about cars set on fire, thefts, shootings, rape/gang rapes and murder. Statistics (and court accounts) show that people from the middle east and northern Africa are over-represented in the crime statistics, and particularly when it comes to the more serious types of crimes. Sweden has about 55 no-go zones (some feel that we should not use these terms because they might be offending to those who live there), and about half of them are too dangerous for the Police and emergency vehicles to enter due to the risk of being stoned or attacked in other ways. Lawlessness has taken over. Policemen are also frustrated to see criminals getting away with crimes in court (if they even get to court), and if they do get a sentence they are soon out on the streets again in a few weeks/months to continue with their crimes. Immigrants are rarely expelled to their home countries. There are examples where immigrants have gang raped a minor and still not been expelled, due to the ”poor treatment” they might expect to get in their home countries.

If you dare questioning multiculturalism and mass immigration, you will most likely be labelled a racist which means that there are people who must keep their deep concern for our country to themselves.

The famous article which caused a lot of division among Christians

There is a certain famous article published in the Christian newspaper DAGEN (and also elsewhere) December 2014, and has been shared and talked about in the Christian community ever since (together with articles and even a book from the same author in the same subject). It’s authored by Stefan Swärd and Sven-Gunnar Hultman, and signed by a large number of pastors and church employees (exactly who can be seen here). What is it about? It is about a warning concerning the political party ”Swedish Democrats” (SD) and consequently also the views by those who vote for this party. The authors point out that it is not possible to be a Sweden Democrat and a Christian at the same time (albeit not in those exact words). They claim SD is all about racism and that the view of man that SD holds is far from Christian as well as extremely distant from the word of Jesus.

I vote for this party together with about 25% (probably more) of the Swedish voters according to polls. Have 1/4th of the Swedish voters suddenly turned racist? Anyone can read what SD stands for on their website and you will not find anything remotely tied to racism, unless you purposely misrepresent the text. SD rightly points out that we are all different depending on our genes, culture, traditions, environment, upbringing, social level, etc, and yet people go ballistic when they read this, being totally convinced that SD promotes racism simply by stating the obvious.

It is quite noteworthy that Stefan Swärd and Micael Grenholm (the authors of a book published 2016 where they lash out against SD and frequently use SD:s opponents as a source) do not write books and articles warning about the Swedish communist party but focus on SD alone. (They must accept that Sweden Democrats might want to defend themselves against their attacks.) They might tell you about scandals made by SD politicians (some are misrepresentations but some scandals are sadly valid) but I could tell them about scandals from politicians from every single Swedish political party. Some of those who hate SD might claim that politicians from SD win the race when it comes to scandals, but when I ask for the statistics they can provide nothing more than examples. Are Norwegians dumber than Swedes if I provide one example of a dumb Norwegian? How about 10 examples, or 20, 40? Come on! Let us not make generalizations if we cannot prove they are actually accurate. What does the Bible say about spreading rumors and falsehood? And about judging others with different weights?

Prov. 6:16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Prov. 3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

Prov. 11:9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Prov. 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

Prov. 20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.

Lev. 19:35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.36 Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Ex. 23:1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Nowhere in the Bible will you read that Israel (or whoever) are obligated to support strangers (and their families and relatives) for the rest of their lives if strangers cross the border and would like to live with you. From the parable of the the good Samaritan we can extract that he helped one person who was almost dying, who he happened to find on his way. The good Samaritan financed this help with his own money which he probably did not have to borrow. He did not promise to finance the other person’s and his family’s living conditions for the rest of their lives – and particularly not with other people’s money.

As a Christian I believe we all derive from the same couple: Adam and Eve, and later on Noah and his wife. I believe this to be the literal truth. We all have the same blood and God doesn’t want anyone to perish. Hence, there is no skin color which is superior than the other.

The article has caused much division in the Swedish Christian communitydivision-2

My point is that this article which spread throughout the Swedish Christian community has done a lot of harm, and it has caused a great division among Christians in Sweden. Christians are separated into the 1) the good Christians who are FOR mass immigration and 2) the bad heartless ”Christians” (the racists) who are against it. So which side are you on?

I have become church less due to this split, and I know of other Christian Sweden Democrats who feel there is a great division in Church. Only one view is allowed, or else you are among ”them” and not ”us”. Three of the pastors in my church signed this document, and it is also quite possible that the Head Pastor might be of the same view (he feels that he should not take side due to his position). Why would I like to continue being a member of a church where so many pastors feel the need to warn other members for people like me? Maybe people will take large circles around me, when they realize that I am a person who vote for the ”prohibited” party which their pastors have officially red flagged. Why would I attend a Church when there is a risk that members and pastors might feel uncomfortable around me, thinking that I am perhaps just as awful as the picture painted in the article? If they have placed me among ”them”, I of course feel I am not included.

If the pastors would like to be consistent, they should not allow SD-voters to be members in their congregations considering that SD-voters are not saved in their view. If they protest and say that they have said no such thing, I must ask them if they truly believe a person is saved if he/she is a racist, has a world view (a view about fellow-man) which is far from Christian and very distant from the word of God (statements from the article which they have signed)? If they suggest that I have misunderstood them, then I can only say that a) why did they sign the document with those clear statements, and b) is it not rather ironic that also SD suffers from being misunderstood – possibly because those who interpret them prefer to go to their enemies to check their views rather than SD themselves. Why going to the source?

In Sweden it seems like only one opinion is allowed at a time, so it is a totally different story compared to our neighboring countries where various views are allowed concerning immigration volumes and consequences. The truth is that SD has similar political views as in all of our Nordic neighbors, so if SD must be labelled a racist party why not the parties that rule in our neighboring countries? Why do not Swärd and Grenholm write books where they warn about Christians in Denmark because of their support for their political systems?

Why the urgent need to judge SD based on the actions of a few members in the beginning of SD existence during a time when most of today’s SD politicians were still teenagers or even children? Who would like to be judged based on predecessors from a long time ago? What if there was a new pastor employed in a church who managed to improve the church greatly by getting it on the right track? What if outsiders still preferred to judge the pastor and the congregation based on previous pastors? Year after year? How much time must elapse before the pastor can be judged based on his own merits and actions? There are still some mishaps in the new church? OK, but what if there are mishaps in ALL churches? It still boils down to the same faulty argument:

”There are scandals made by SD politicians so you can’t vote for SD, because then you’re a racist! OK, there are scandals made also by politicians from all other parties but you’re still fine if you vote for them.”

This is double standard.

It was a HUGE mistake to sign that document, but I pray ”Father, please forgive them, they do not know what they are doing”. This does not change the fact that many christian Sweden Democrats do not feel welcome in Church.

sweden-3Why it makes perfect sense to vote for SD for a Christian

SD critics might believe that voting for SD or not is about helping or not helping people in despair. However, it is rather about different ways of helping. SD prefers to help more people (who need it the most) for less money, but the politics from the other parties are based on helping fewer people in a more expensive way (even if they are not aware of it). No one likes to be ascribed views to him/her that might not be true, and I know better than anyone else why I vote for SD. I vote for SD for a number of reasons, and not one of them is ”because a few of the pioneers in the late 1980’s and beginning of 1990’s were racists”. No, I vote for SD based on what they stand for today. Here are some of my reasons:

  • I prefer to help as many people in need as possible – and particularly those with the most urgent needs with no chance at all to pay smugglers who can bring them to Sweden. By helping people in their own countries more people can be helped for less money. Resulting in that Sweden will not deteriorate as a country and can continue to help people year after year.
  • SD often promotes Christian values in all areas, but particularly in schools where they feel it is beneficial for children to be affected by Biblical values from an early age.
  • SD considers children raised in a traditional nuclear family (one father and one mother) as the most ideal option. SD opposes sanctioned adoption and insemination to single people, same-sex couples and polyamorous relationships unless the adopting party are close relatives or already have a close relationship with the child. 
  • It is the only party that would like to see the right for abortion heavily reduced (as a start until pregnancy week 11 instead of current week 18).
  • It is the only party that criticizes the ”homosex lobby”, and SD is the only party that has no representation in any ”Pride parades”. SD feels that Pride parades promote promiscuity. Pride parades are particularly not safe or beneficial for children.
  • It is a nationalistic and social conservative political party and against globalist movement (not ”far right” as their opponents claim), and I feel it is good to be proud of our own country and to maintain our culture and traditions. Instead we are tiptoeing around new citizens due to the fear that we might offend them with our culture and traditions.
  • It is one of only two parties against a membership of EU (and a world government).
  • It is against a Swedish membership of NATO.
  • It seems to be the only party (except for maybe one more) FOR Israel and for the Jews which can be testified in their governmental legislation work on the behalf of Israel and Israel’s right to protect itself. When Sweden officially declared ”Palestine” as a state, only SD protested heavily and gave the idea absolutely no support.
  • SD is also vocal about the danger of some Islamic traditions, halal food in schools, child weddings, etc.
  • It is the only party that has rightly understood the danger of mass immigration, and Sweden does not have 55 no go zones and a ruined welfare state for no reason at all.
  • They have adopted a policy where they have zero acceptance for racism, and has clearly shown in practice that they do not hesitate to disfellowship members who do not live up to this rule.
  • It is the only political party in the true opposition. Sweden presently has a government to the left and so far it seems like every single decision they have made has been the contrary to what should be done. The other ”opposing” political parties (apart from SD) have united and they enable the left to be in power even though they could arrange a government to the right with the support from SD. It is unfortunate that they prefer to neglect their own voters and see the whole country going down in flames, rather than having something to do with SD which they stigmatize.
  • etc, etc

A christian person outside of Sweden might agree with all of the above and be heartily welcomed into a Church as a brother/sister – because he is not a Swedish Democrat and does not vote for them. So two people might share the very same views, and yet one is called a racist and one is a brother/sister. Again, double standard.

Swedish mainstream media (famous for being so critical against Israel) has decided to treat SD as a party tied to racism/nazism/fascism, and they are constantly on the hunt to find some dirt they can throw on SD. I know numerous people who have lost their jobs, positions in for instance a union or other group associations due to their SD commitments. Those who are responsible for this rejection often justify their actions by claiming that SD does not share the same humanistic view of man as other people. With other words they ascribe views to SD and people who they might not have and use it against them (i.e. a straw man). If the individual explains what his real views are he/she is not believed because of the SD commitment. Sadly many Christians have joined the bullies, and as a Sweden Democrats you must expect to be unfriended both on social media and in real life.

The same value for all! If you’re against it, you’re a racist!

There is a mantra that has been in rule in Sweden for quite some time now which goes   ”Allas lika värde” (the same value for all). Many have already decided that SD opposes this and therefore use it against them (whether it is true or not). It is of course questionable if all people truly have the same value. Does Stalin have the same value as Mother Teresa? If my children had the same value as other children, would I not save money in order to provide more children with a driver’s education and not just my own? And give food, birthday gifts, etc to other children rather than year after year always focusing on my own? No, I have a responsibility to feed my own children and to help them out as much as I can because I set them into this world. I am never exempted from this responsibility as long as they are underage and in my care. I simply cannot help all who are in financial need, so in this aspect my children have a greater value to me than others. This of course does not stop me from also giving aid to others, but it cannot compare to the time and the sums of money that I have spent on my own children over the years.

It is rather ironic that those who shout the most for ”the same value for all” place such a low value on Sweden Democrats who are often treated as third class citizens. Did you know that all political parties are given an invitation to the Nobel prize ceremony every year, apart from SD? It is again due to ”the view of man” that SD supposedly holds, but how come dictators from all over the world are invited? Did you know that owners of hotels, restaurants, etc, either often decline to take any bookings from SD representatives, or cancel the bookings later on when pressured by journalists?

One would think that a pastor would like to see people repenting from their sins and getting saved? So if they declare in a document that Sweden Democrats are distant from the word of God, why do they not take the chance and explain in which way? Please? What is the sin that I should repent from? Due to siding with the views in our neighboring countries and my stance against a harmful mass immigration?

Naturally all human beings are valuable, and naturally God does not want anyone to perish but to come to the knowledge of the truth. There is much joy in heaven for each person who repents.